Se­crecy rules at Áras

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

AF­TER in­tense scru­tiny of the bud­get for run­ning Áras an Uachtaráin in ad­vance of last year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Michael D Hig­gins gave as­sur­ances that he would re­lease full de­tails in the fu­ture.

He fell at the first hur­dle, when the fig­ures re­leased proved long on gen­er­al­i­ties and short on de­tail, and that pat­tern has con­tin­ued over his lack of trans­parency when asked for de­tails of his 12-day pri­vate hol­i­day in Gran Ca­naria. To­day, the Ir­ish Mail On Sun­day re­veals that it cost about €10,000 to cover the se­cu­rity.

Of course, the Pres­i­dent must have se­cu­rity and €10,000 is not too much. What is galling, though, is the con­tin­u­ing se­crecy of the Áras, start­ing with the re­fusal to re­veal even the des­ti­na­tion of his hol­i­day.

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